National Wildfire Coordinating Group

RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)

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Learn about fire retardant and the airplanes that deliver it.
Category: Aviation
Core Component(s): Incident Reviews and Lessons Learned;
Human Factors, Communication and Decision Making

Estimated Delivery Time: 30 minutes; Video Length: 13:36



Understand the improved efficiencies in the tactical use of fixed-wing airtankers and fire suppression chemicals. Recognize the risks that fire suppression chemicals can present to firefighters and local species.

Facilitator Preparation

  • Review the video and module tools.
  • Consider additional activities and discussion questions pertinent to the location and agency.

Facilitating the Discussion

  • Show the video.
  • Facilitate a small or large group discussion using the discussion questions.

Discussion Questions

  1. What are the three types of fire suppression chemicals? Explain the benefits of each one?
  2. Explain the concerns with fire chemicals getting into streams and waterways? Are their concerns at your home unit with local species being impacted by fire chemicals?
  3. What types of injuries could occur if a firefighter was in the drop zone of an airtanker?
  4. What coverage levels work best in the predominant fuels locally?
  5.  What are some of the advantages of the new generation airtankers?


Additional Video Information

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